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1. A false, deceptive, or irregular form.
2. A mineral that has the crystalline form of another mineral rather than the form normally characteristic of its own composition.

pseu′do·mor′phic, pseu′do·mor′phous adj.
pseu′do·mor′phism n.
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Velde, "Experimental pseudomorphism of diopside by talc and serpentine in (Ni, Mg)[Cl.sub.2] aqueous solutions," Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, vol.
To see these structures super-imposed on the shapes of the present--in Rowland's echoing contours--is not empty pseudomorphism. Rather, it shows us how aesthetic forms continue to perpetuate themselves, as does violence.
The search for underlying logic, for unity in musical works, is arguably not what it once was; an alternative agenda might have seen Cone responding, say, to the tradition of Adornoian critiques: Stravinsky's "pseudomorphism of painting" and musical "catatonia." (2) While such matters are not at issue here, Cone's insight coupled to a breadth of inquiry certainly makes this essay impressive on its own terms.
To confuse either half of these similar looking pairs of images with the other, she argues, would be to commit the mistake that art historians call "pseudomorphism"--the act of one term structurally replacing another.
During his own efforts to understand the processes underlying pseudomorphism, Heaney examined thin samples of tiger's-eye under a microscope and realized that Wibel was wrong.
The succession gismondine--clay mineral (probably saponite pseudomorphism) was detected together with Ba-bearing phillipsite-Ca and clay mineral overgrowths.
Powell also falls into the trap of pseudomorphism, but she is unashamed of it (thus boldly galvanizing a debate that art historians such as Erwin Panofsky, Schapiro, and Yve-Alain Bois seemed to have laid to rest).
They are extremely impressive examples of pseudomorphism, and Mikhail was letting them go for about 15 Euros apiece.